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"Nukes Are Us "
for Tri-Valley Cares rec 3-26-05
1) 3:13 short essay Mp3
2) 4:15 long essay Mp3
NUKES ARE US
[Col. Writ. 3/26/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
How many people remember that at the beginning
of the Iraqi War, voices could be heard in the
Administration advocating the use of 'limited'
There it was -- the United States had embarked on
an unjust war against what was essentially a
second-rate power, and the 'N'-word arose.
How would people have looked back on the use of
such weapons if they had been authorized?
It's been 60 years since the U.S. nuclear bombing
of Japanese people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
and in that more than half a century, it's interesting
to note that no other nation has used nuclear
weapons. And plans are afoot, under the
so-called Bush Doctrine, to remake nukes, this
time into 'limited' and even 'conventional' weapons!
In Livermore, California, Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratories (LLNL) is hard at work
designing new nuclear weapons for the new
millennium. The Bush Administration is seeking
some $6.63 billion bucks for nuclear weapons
activities in 2006. Coming soon, if they have
their way, is the Modern Pit Facility, or 'plutonium
pits', an echo of Cold War use of such pits, which
are used for nuclear weapons. This
campaign will cost $7.7 million for 2006, and an
estimated $126 million through 2010 for initial design
studies and related studies before the year it actually
Some will say, 'so what?' Or, 'What's the
The problem is the United States
signed something called the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, just one article of which obliges the U.S. to:
"... pursue negotiations in good faith on
effective measures relating to cessation of
the nuclear arms race at an early date and
to nuclear disarmament ..."
Again, this is a Treaty signed by the U.S., and
therefore, a part of American law.
But we don't have to be psychics to see which
way the U.S. is now treating international law.
For a country that used the pretext of Iraq's
violations of international law to justify its
invasion and occupation (at first; now it's
a -- ahem! -- 'democratic occupation'), the
U.S. rather blithely and routinely violates
or simply ignores international laws.
The U.S. abrogation of the Kyoto Treaty is
but one example; the fact that there are
dozens (if not hundreds) of foreign nationals
on American death rows who, in violation
of the Treaty of Vienna, were never allowed
to contact their home embassies and consulates
Being an Empire apparently means,
international law doesn't matter.
In August, 2004, the Mayors of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki issued a Peace Declaration.
Hiroshima's Mayor Akiba decried "the
egocentric worldview of the U.S. government."
He added, "Ignoring the United Nations and
its foundations of international law, the U.S.
has resumed research to make nuclear
weapons smaller and more 'usable.' Elsewhere,"
he explained, "the chains of violence and
retaliation know no end: reliance on violence-
Unless we turn back this madness, Hiroshima
and Nagasaki will be signposts, not of an
end, but of a mad, martial beginning of what
Mayor Akiba aptly calls "violence-amplifying
Out of fear, and out of corporate, defense
industrial greed, we will see the erection of
Weapons of World Terror.
For some, that day has already dawned.
It is going to take some serious organizing
to stop this new wave of global, corporate
But it must be done.
For the sake of humankind.
Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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